TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, Thanksgiving 2015
We were able to escape to the Turks and Caicos Islands for the Thanksgiving Holiday. A quick trip for us to explore such a beautiful place. Turks an Caicos is one of the most sought after islands, because of it’s fine sand and blue toned water.
STRAIGHT TO THE BEACH
Upon arriving, we went straight to the beach! The surf and sand were absolutely beautiful! We stayed five days at the Sands at Grace Bay. Grace Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
FOOTBALL ON THE BEACH
Miles has always loved the beach, but add the football in there and he is in his happy playce!
Next to our hotel was a great little restaurant, Bay Bistro. A fabulous breakfast with sandy feet and a beautiful view!
Some of the greatest beaches on the island are hidden down little sandy paths. We would take our little rental car and go exploring! Smith’s Reef was our first hidden beach, just a short drive from the hotel. This reef is known for amazing snorkeling as well! The first picture of the kids was taken in this beautiful spot. We packed a couple of drinks and toasted our first day on the islands! My recommendation is to get a map of the islands, hop in your rental car and explore the islands!
The colors of blue in the water are breathtaking. Such an amazing view in all directions from this point.
EXPLORING THE ISLAND
We used our map to explore the island. We drove to one end of the island and had a great fish taco lunch at Seaside Cafe, where Ryan taught the kids how to shoot pool. Then to the other end of the island and found the most amazing beach full of conch shells.
The conch shells make the most amazing sound as they roll in on the waves, BUT look out ; it’s a little dangerous as the roll through the waves and hit you! OUCH! Pretty to look at, but not fun to swim with! The kids had such a fun time collecting them, there are literally thousands of them!
One of our favorite places was Taylor Bay. This beach was a long beach with beautiful shallow water as far as you could walk. A great family place to play for the day. The water was crystal clear! Make sure to get directions to this Bay. It is set next to a residential area.
Last year, when we traveled for Thanksgiving, I said it would be hard to ever get me to cook a Turkey on Thanksgiving day. So here is my second year of celebrating Thanksgiving a little different, ! at Las Brisas. I know this is not the best picture, but I wanted to include it because this was such a happy playce. Sitting with a amazing panoramic view enjoying a fabulous lunch! There was also a swimming pool onsite and kayaks you could rent to explore the water.
After lunch, we drove around Taylor Bay area. It was surprising to see how high we climbed on the road, stunning views at the top!
SOCCER, SUNSETS, & HAPPY HOUR
Turks and Caicos had some of the most amazing sunsets! So many colors stretched across the sky, reflecting in the ocean. The kids played endless soccer day and night. Our happy playce became every evening at 5:00 as we would get a drink, pull up our chairs, and watch the sunset.
On our last day we rented Kayak’s from Big Blue on the east side of the islands. We paddled through the Mangroves out to explore two islands. It was such a fun way to explore the open water! Being out in the beautiful clear water was such a fun experience!
This was their last jump in the waves! We had a great Thanksgiving exploring the Turks and Caicos Islands.
- Accommodations: Sands at Grace Bay. The majority of rooms on the island are condo style with full kitchens. The Sands offers bikes on their property free of charge. Its just a short bike ride to the main part of town.
- Transportation: Rental car is the preferred method. Remember to drive on the left side of the road! Book this before you get to the airport. It is simple.
- Cuisine: Food prices are very high on the island, due to all food being imported. As a result we ate out some, but bought a lot of food at the local grocery store called Grace Bay Market. The Market had fresh fish, prepared meals, and local cuisine as well as basic necessities. Bay Bistro had an excellent breakfast and is right on the water. Hemingways restaurant is located at the Sands and offers a full selection of food and drinks. We ate here for lunch one day and were not disappointed. Las Brisas was by far our favorite spot. This place is cool and it offers one of the best views of the island. The food and service was great. Seaside cafe is located right on a marina with a view of the very large yachts coming in from all around the Bahamas. A very cool spot with good food.
MAP OF THE ISLAND